The party that loses an appeal to a . Court of Appeals, and in some instances, a party that loses in a state appellate court, can ask the . Supreme Court in Washington, . to hear the case, which is done by filing a Petition for Writ of Certiorari. With very rare exceptions, the . Supreme Court can generally pick and choose which cases it hears. Most years it agrees to hear less than 5% of the cases it is asked to review. Most of the cases it agrees to hear involve one or more of the following: (a) federal legal issues on which the circuits of the federal courts of appeals are in disagreement (known as “circuit splits”); (b) a dispute the Court considers to be of great public importance (such as Bush v. Gore , Brown v. Board of Education , which declared segregation Unconstitutional, and similar cases); (c) a ruling by the court below finding a federal statute to be unconstitutional; or (d) recurring issues in interpreting the United States Constitution. A limited number of federal statutes allow for direct appeal from . District Courts to the Supreme Court.
A Pride Source Magazine article features SADO’s Sofia Nelson as an assistant appellate defender and unspoken LGBTQ ally. Growing up, Sofia saw the satisfaction that her mother took from serving others in the nursing profession; she knew that she wanted to work in a profession where she could advocate for others. “It wasn’t about making money, but I grew up seeing that work can be more than that,” Sofia told Pride Source. “It can be something that fulfills your mission and passion in life and you can combine your politics with your work." Read More